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The Best Breast Pumps

If you’re a breastfeeding mother that’s looking for the best breast pump, we have listed down brands that’s been tested and preferred by breastfeeding mothers everywhere.

Spectra S1

Our Pick

Spectra S1

This electric double pump extracts milk very impressively and is silent in doing so as well  as easy to use compare to the other finest double electric pumps.

$160* from Amazon

This machine has modes such as for suction strength and speed and proved to be quite personalize than the competitors. Most of our lactating volunteers choose this brand over others since it’s very convenient.

Medela Harmon

Our Pick

Medela Harmon

It is also an electric double pump, and it is as efficient in extracting milk at the same level as other manual pumps.

$24* from Walmart
Buy from Amazon

Medela Harmon is one of the only manual pumps that has a handle that rotate. The best thing about this is you can use in whichever position of hands that you prefer – or even change the hands as often as possible. We found that this manual pump brings comfort to mothers and the price is reasonable.

Medela Pump in Style Advanced (Tote) & Medela Pump in Style Advanced (Backpack)

Runner Up

Medela Pump in Style Advanced (Tote)

$307* from Jet
$220 from Amazon

Runner Up

Medela Pump in Style Advanced (Backpack)

$207* from Walmart
$220 from Amazon

The Medela Pump in Advanced has a number of advantages like better availability of parts in brick and mortor stores – despite having said that, the machine is quite loud and heavy and a bag is included as well. Furthermore, Medels has somewhat has a vast of options in terms of breast sizes and what’s more, you can buy the pump that comes in either three cases: a backpack, a tote or a “metro bag” in which Medela calls it the only one that enables the pump to be removed.

Phillips Avent Comfort Manual Breast Pump

Runner Up

Phillips Avent Comfort Manual Breast Pump

This particular breast pump is just as effective in extracting the milk like the manual does and at the same price.

$30* from Walmart
$25 from Amazon

Even though it is lacking in comfort, it’s breast cover comes with a removable silicone liner, whereby some people find it quite enjoyable than the inflexible plastic like the Harmony.

Haaka Silicone Breast Pump

Also Great

Haaka Silicone Breast Pump

It’s a sock-shaped and simple product works by suction.

$16* from Amazon

Technically you’d have to squeeze the shaped like a sock vessel, position the cover over the nipple and after that release it to the base. Most people find it’s lightweight silicone holds itself intact and hands free at that too!

How we Picked

Once we have finish interviewing the experts on this particular subject that includes breastfeeding and pumping parents, 4 lactation specialists as well as seeing all the features; we’ve identify that breast pumps should have these characteristics:

  • Efficient, painless operation: One of first concern is the ability of the breast pumps to ump the milk efficiently and effectively. Though it shouldn’t be such a painful process, it’s not an enjoyable experience either.
  • A reasonable price: Most breastfeeding mothers use the breast pump for a certain amount of months. The prices that we’ve set are $40 for manuals and $400 for electrics.
  • Adjustable suction: There are 2 parts to breast pump suction, number 1 is the strength (how much the pump pulls on the nipple and number 2 is the frequency (how often it pulls). There are electric pumps which have both adjustable frequency and strength whereas there are others that combine both in a single control.
  • Versatile accessories: Preferably, breast pumps should have ranges in terms of shield sizes that are available. A useful and great pump should fit the breast and nipples of different sizes as well as flexibility.
  • Readily available parts: If you’re on the road to somewhere and a little valve broke, it’s safe to know that you can just purchase a new one in any baby store or pharmacy.
  • Manageable maintenance: To compare between electric and manual breast pumps, electric offers more than a dozen pumps when manual isn’t that much easy to take care since there’s always a lot to wash.
  • Straightforward assembly: To cut down the confusion and frustrations especially for sleep-deprived parents; the pumps should be able to fit nicely together.

There are also other additional qualities, particularly for electric pumps, should have:

  • Minimal noise: Most people have told us they wanted pumps to be more sensible, mainly for people who is able to pump during work-calls or in a working environment. It’s not that noise is a big hindrance but it certainly is annoying sometimes.
  • Stimulation and letdown modes: When a baby started nursing, they first stimulate the letdown of milk by flattening and quickly sucking on the nipple. When the milk is starting to flow, the baby then sucks more energetically and calmly.

Let’s not forget about manuals too. Manual breast pumps should be able to:

  • Work comfortably for 10 minutes: It will make your breastfeeding experience easier if the pump if efficient enough to pump out all the milk from the breast. Your hand can get cramp if the lever is uncomfortable.
  • Fit a variety hand sizes: Since pumping manually requires a lot of hand movements, and it can be hard if the handle is not designed to fit in all of hand sizes.

How we Tested

For each pump, I have followed the rules in terms of sanitizing all the parts necessary. Later, I put the parts together and at the same time calculate the total parts. Once everything has been properly put together, I used the pumps as normal and then take them apart when the milk is enough for me and washed them like normal.

In other words, before I started my pumping session, I will have to calculate how much milk that needs to be extracted. Once done, I started pumping. So basically, for electric pumps, you just place the pumping bra and proceed to turn the pump on. However, for the manual pumps, it has to be pressed against one breast at a time, and then squeeze.

Next, for each of period of pumping, I note down how long will it take for the pump to cause a letdown, how long the pump takes to empty the breast and  the feel of the pump.

Once everything is finished, I then take out the parts and to see if there’s spilled milk. After that’s done, I store the milk and cleaned the parts of the pump, as well as to see how easy it is to clean.

 

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